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From left: Kevin Taylor, Christopher Rodriquez and Fred Velez of the band Black Box 60 perform in August at the U.S. Army Europe’s annual Battle of the Bands.

From left: Kevin Taylor, Christopher Rodriquez and Fred Velez of the band Black Box 60 perform in August at the U.S. Army Europe’s annual Battle of the Bands. (Raymond T. Conway / S&S)

From left: Kevin Taylor, Christopher Rodriquez and Fred Velez of the band Black Box 60 perform in August at the U.S. Army Europe’s annual Battle of the Bands.

From left: Kevin Taylor, Christopher Rodriquez and Fred Velez of the band Black Box 60 perform in August at the U.S. Army Europe’s annual Battle of the Bands. (Raymond T. Conway / S&S)

Colin Moore, singer for Silent Majority, belts out a tune in August at the U.S. Army Europe's annual Battle of the Bands.

Colin Moore, singer for Silent Majority, belts out a tune in August at the U.S. Army Europe's annual Battle of the Bands. (Raymond T. Conway / S&S)

The 26th Annual Army Europe Battle of the Bands will take place Aug. 20 and the Stars of Tomorrow talent contest will take place Aug. 21 at the Katterbach Fitness Center in Katterbach, Germany.

The event, sponsored by Installation Management Agency-Europe, the 98th Area Support Group and 235th Base Support Battalion in Ansbach, Germany, brings the top two winning bands from each area support group to the Europe level competition, according to an IMA-Europe release.

The top two winners from the Europe-level Battle of the Bands competition that meet U.S. Army Community and Family Support Center, or CFSC, criteria will advance to the All-Army Battle of the Bands on Oct. 22 at a location in the States, according to the release.

The All-Army Stars of Tomorrow contest, for active-duty Army performers, will include categories of male and female vocal solo, vocal duet, instrumental solo and specialty solo.

The Stars of Tomorrow program is in the process of being incorporated into the All-Army Festival of Performing Arts, and a CFSC representative will be scouting soldier talent. Winners Army-wide will travel to the States to participate in an as yet undetermined project, according to the release.

Annually, the Battle of the Bands competition draws bands from military communities all over Europe.

Last year’s Battle of the Bands winner was Hohenfels, Germany’s Black Box 60.

The top winners for last year’s Stars of Tomorrow contest were:

Best of show: Chris Sears, vocal solo, self-accompanied, Kaiserslautern, Germany;Male vocal: 1st Sgt. Tracy Ross, Giebelstadt, Germany;Female vocal: Jamie Shallish, Hohenfels, Germany;Vocal solo: self-accompanied: Sears;Vocal duet: Shallish and Ralph Samuel, Hohenfels, Germany;Instrumental solo: Command Sgt. Maj. William Brown, autoharp, Vicenza, Italy;Special category: Pfc. Kevin Taylor and Spc. Christopher Rodriguez, guitars/vocals, Hohenfels, Germany.Are you ready to rock?

To participate in the Battle of the Bands at the area support group level, contact the appropriate ASG representative below:

6th ASG, Stuttgart, Alan Buxkemper, DSN 421-2796

22nd ASG, Vicenza, Barry Robinson, DSN 634-7281

26th ASG, Heidelberg, Geoffrey Larkin, DSN 373-8687

80th ASG, Chievres, Harry Geesaman, DSN 361-5589

98th ASG, Würzburg, Jack Austin, DSN 469-8647

100th ASG, Grafenwöhr, Joanne Love, DSN 466-2340

104th ASG, Hanau, Ron Locklar, DSN 322-1740


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